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Old 05.04.2011, 16:55
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Re: Teenagers

I think if kids have parents who actually talk with them, the verbal abuse can be minmal, despite having rude vulgar crownies around and swear fests.

Little kids get off by swearing, since they let go off steam. It's good to make anyone, really, verbalize their state of mind, rather then your usual f..., sh...., f..h..., etc. Provided you don't do it at home, either. I remember when small really looking down at kids who had to swear to make themselves feel big. It was not never a huge issue, I think it is because folks do not swear.

Now I have a 4yr old who repeats Jesus Feck, instead of Jesus Christ (that would be me) and Feck (she must have heard that somewhere). I don't want to point it out too much, but when you have a house full of JF really loud on Sunday when everyone's home and listening...ick. To say Feck is a bad word does not cut it, somehow. Bad means it is biting, hurting or physically harming, the little ones do not really get the abstract harm.

I actually have no swearing policy at school with teens, since it generates too much distracting noise and I want them to realize normal folks in normal, every day situation where one is expected to behave, swearing does not exist. It's challenging, since often they do not know this, nobody tells them at home and seeing stuff written down on FB and other evil pages just formalizes the ill habit.
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Old 09.11.2011, 11:29
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Do you have one of those at home? Always moaning, never happy, bitching around, never satisfied.
I persuaded my son aged 19 to leave home, as we never agreed on anything.

He went to a commune with 4 student doctors. After 4 months he came back as they were not clean enough for his liking!
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Old 09.11.2011, 11:51
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Re: Teenagers

I still have nightmares of the arguments I had with my parents when I was a teenager....that being said, I'm developementally still a teenager, so I moved as far away as possible and avoid contact
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Old 09.11.2011, 12:00
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Re: Teenagers

My teenage years where difficult.

Get them to commit to activities. The jocks that we all hate in movies are the result of bad parenting, not sports.
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Re: Teenagers

Aaagghhhh!

I have created a monster!

My eldest child has re-entered the toddler tantrum stage, albeit she is as big as me so carrying her away is not an option.

It is now such that it is even my fault that her shoes are dirty!

Luckily I can still laugh about it.

Who else is lucky enough to enjoy those teenage years again - payback for all those times you were hard on your parents....?
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Old 12.01.2015, 08:40
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Re: Teenagers

My theory is that babies are so cute so that you grow too attached to them to throw them out the window when they become teenagers
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Old 12.01.2015, 09:12
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Aaagghhhh!

I have created a monster!

My eldest child has re-entered the toddler tantrum stage, albeit she is as big as me so carrying her away is not an option.

It is now such that it is even my fault that her shoes are dirty!

Luckily I can still laugh about it.

Who else is lucky enough to enjoy those teenage years again - payback for all those times you were hard on your parents....?
If you couldn't laugh about it you'd probably be in prison for manslaughter by now.

Lucky for me boys are easier than girls. 'Allegedly'.
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Old 12.01.2015, 09:16
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Are you welcoming them in your underwear?
I initially interpreted that as "Are you welcoming them into your underwear?" and wondered what you meant.

Yeah, I really need more coffee...

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Oh She does.... Looks at me with the : no no no mama, it is meeeee!

Do you want some milk? No no no noooooooo. Ok no milk for mini-me.

Nooooooooo I want milk!

Honestly, this is really close to how it is in the teenage years....
Well, I guess that teenagers haven't yet grown out of that desperate-need-for-attention phase that many toddlers go through. I guess this is why many teenagers are so addicted to social media, constantly posting "selfies" etc. I think social media is breeding ground for extroversion in the extreme -- feeding a constant need for external validation, etc.

Oh, wait. I'm on an Internet forum...
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Old 12.01.2015, 09:37
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I have created a monster!
Don't worry, it will pass in 8-10 years or so.

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Old 12.01.2015, 10:38
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Re: Teenagers

Oh the joys of two teenage girls who don't get particularly along, but are constantly "borrowing" clothes off each other, with or without grudging consent. Not to mention 20 min showers, hairdryer/straightener/curler sharing issues etc etc....
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Old 12.01.2015, 10:42
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Re: Teenagers

I have the female equivalent of 'Kevin' ...... the change happened almost as quickly.

She's really nice with friends and family, but is a real mong, at home - just like Kevin.



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Re: Teenagers

Eldest son's fashion sense is a cross between MC Hammer and Madonna' s eighties skirts with the obligatory cap.
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Old 12.01.2015, 17:37
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Sighs....

Its so nice to hear that I am not the only "worst mother in the world" because i make them wash/do homework/remove decaying rubbish from their room etc...
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Old 12.01.2015, 21:00
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Re: Teenagers

Teenagers ... Quite similar to toddlers in many ways but larger! love mine ... Most of the time ha ha!
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Toddlers are easier to manage, they don't answer back as much!
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Old 13.01.2015, 12:02
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My theory is that babies are so cute so that you grow too attached to them to throw them out the window when they become teenagers
I so agree! I find myself looking at his baby pictures frequently these days - must be why!

Maybe I could just tangle him for a few minutes?
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Old 13.01.2015, 17:40
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Lucky for me boys are easier than girls. 'Allegedly'.
Nope. That is an urban myth. Or mysoginist propaganda.
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Old 13.01.2015, 17:55
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Re: Teenagers

Agreed, teenage boys wrapped up with 'Call of Duty', mobile phone, Twitter, FB, You Tube and they think they will become millionaires playing games.

Boring!!!

Yes, I know there are a few that have achieved this goal, not personally I might add.
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Old 13.01.2015, 18:20
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Re: Teenagers

We have been practising for the teenage angst and rebellion...it makes me and my girl laugh in the middle of a spectaculous dramalama session. I think prevention is the key, tbh..And loads of tlc before they start pulling away.

Adults behaving teen way are in fact intolerable. At least teenagers have a legit excuse.
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Old 13.01.2015, 19:39
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Re: Teenagers

LOL to be fair, there is a huge difference between teaching teenagers, and being their mother. Done both- teaching is a doddle - we often laugh about it now, as a family.

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